April 25, 2019 Grantley Adams

WINSTED, CT – April 25, 2019 – The LGBTQIA+ Club at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) will host Pride Palooza, a daylong conference for Gay, Lesbian and Transgendered High School and Community College students, on May 10, 2019 on the NCCC campus in Winsted.  Mark E. Ojakian, President of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, will deliver the Opening Remarks at 9:00 am.

Following the official opening, a series of workshops will be presented on a variety of topics of relevance and importance to the LGBT community.  After lunch, musical entertainment will be provided by Singer/Songwriter Johnathan Celestin.  Johnathan Celestin released his debut EP in 2012, while attending Columbia University and has since toured the Eastern Seaboard promoting his music and message.  Celestin loves performing at Pride festivals, “It’s always big energy and lots of love,” said the Washington, D.C.-based singer. “I think a lot of time people come to Prides to celebrate.  It’s a celebration and that’s important.  But a large part of my show is that I aim to impart to people a message of encouragement.  There are a lot of people going through a lot of things. So I try to make sure while I am there I impart some kind of encouragement.  I want to leave people with that.  I want people to remember how I made them feel.”

Karen Hunter, NCCC’s LGBTQIA+ Club Advisor, indicated that she expects over 100 students from Connecticut High School and Community College Pride Clubs to attend Pride Palooza.

Here is the listing of Workshops:

GLAD Legal Advocates and Defenders

Qwin Mbabazi, Community Engagement Manager

Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.)  #Accept, Respect & Include

Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.) #Accept, Respect & Include

Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective

William V. Petrosky, Director of HIV Prevention and Care Services

Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.) HIV 101: Knowledge is Power

Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.)  HIV 101: Knowledge is Power

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

Robert Beck, PhD, Psychology

Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.)  Emotional Intelligence

Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.) Emotional Intelligence

Susan B. Anthony Project

Matthias Ekstrand, Community Educator

Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.)

Healthy Relationships- Expectations in Relationships

Susan B. Anthony Project

Matthias Ekstrand, Community Educator

Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.)

Gender Roles/Stereotypes- Bending media message about gender

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

Ruth E. Gonzalez, PhD, LPC

Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.) Exploring Identities

Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.) Exploring Identities

Church of Christ, Goshen Connecticut

Pastor Sara Krhla

Session One (9:15-10:00 a.m.) “But the Bible says…”

Session Two (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.) “But the Bible says…”

Westminster School

Dr. (Peter) Davis Smith

Session One: (9:15-10:00 a.m.) Navigating Gender-affirming Medical Therapy

Westminster School

Dr. (Peter) Davis Smith

Session Two: (10:15 – 11:00 a.m.)  Sexual Health Nitty Gritty for the Non-vanilla Set

For more information about Pride Palooza and the NCCC LGBTQIA+ Club, please contact Karen Hunter at Khunter@nwcc.edu.